Advise for setting up a 10 gallon...
Hi everyone I have been keeping freshwater fish for over 20 years now and I am thinking I would like to maybe turn an extra 10 gallon I have into a saltwater tank but I have no idea were to start. LOL I know I want live rock that I can get at the LFS but not sure how much I need, I also plan on getting my water from them. I don't know how to go about setting it up what kind of filter it will need, lighting ect. Can I put in the rock, water and sand then a few weeks later fish? I will have to go slowly as I have the money. Also what kind of fish would you suggest for a small tank. Just please explain how I need to do things step by step so I don't mess up. LOL
ask bear he's great with this things.ask him about the all in one
i had a nano like that.really easy to upkeep
imo, go bigger. i started with a 10gallon, and i had to do something almost every day. i could never get more then 1 fish to live in it, and all the corals will just grow out of the tank. also the tank was very unstable and i was having to fill it with an inch of water every day. i would definatly recomend at least 30 gallons total (this includes sump)... if u like the look of nanos i would look into making a big sump. it would cost less for a big sump with small tank, but it seems that if you already have a big tank, why not use it. i feel that a 20gallon gives you enough room for a nice rockwork and places to put coral, you can also have more fish and it will be way more stable.
if you really want to go with a 10 gallon, get an auto top off, and a sump, even if its just a hang on back, its worth it.
i agree with all that was stated here but..... i must also say that some people do very well with nano's under 20 gallons...
while i appreciate the vote of confidence from various members i am by far not the expert here and only speak from experience and often attempt to point members in the direction of those more knowledgeable than i .. keep in mind i have only been reefing for about 6 or 7 months myself...
the most important step in deciding to get ready for a marine tank is research.... read all you can and ask as many questions as possible... i still read and read and read each day to get better at what i do and once i am comfortable with one part i move to the next and learn that...
for any one starting or thinking about starting i always recommend starting your reading here
these are the ground work for any step that follows from here please read these very well then come back and ask a few more questions....
if you have already succesfully kept fresh for some time why not try your hand at a salt....10 is small but wont break your bank...as bear said do some researsh....ask us some questions....i have seen many and keep a few salts 10 gallon and up and they do great..although you will be limited at first..not to say you wont have to work out a few kinks along the way but wasnt that how it was when first doing a fresh water ....and if you do enjoy the 10 gallon salt you can always upgrade...thats just my opinion...before i tried my hand at salt i was very intimidated but after getting a lttle wet i find it easy ...once again a bit off knowledge goes a long way....
get a hygrometer, salt mix, a test kit ....wich you probably have....jump start the tank with live sand and live rock...and some used filter media for the filter and presto......
Ok thanks everyone. I will read the articles that were suggested and continoe to do lots of research. It will be over about a month before I plan on starting the tank since I am in the process of moveing to a new home so I have lots of time to decide and study what I want to do.
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